Archive for December, 2011

The SuchFriends blog has announced that it will travel back in time to 1912, the year the RMS Titanic sank — and the year of a major event in Virginia Woolf’s life.

Blogger Kathleen Dixon Donnelly says she will discuss Woolf’s major event, as well as others that took place in Ireland, England, France and America that year. On her journey, she will ask questions such as these:

  • What Pittsburgh-born writer was the talk of Dublin cafes?
  • What literary couple got married in England? (Spoiler alert: Virginia and Leonard were married on Aug. 10, 1912.)
  •  What ballet scandalized Paris?
  • What future Algonquin Round Table member was president of the Harvard Lampoon?

Donnelly advises watching her blog soon after Jan. 1 “for all the 1912 gossip about writers” and invites readers to submit answers to the questions she poses via a “Comment.”

Meanwhile, here are some Woolf-related links on the SuchFriends blog:

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Here is a fun Woolf sighting that would have been buried in this week’s long list if Alice Lowe hadn’t called my attention to it with her comment.

Titled “Bloomsbury Heads West,” this short story published on the Seven Days website, transports Virginia Woolf to the 21st-century American West, where she appears in the form of a young woman named Darla who dresses, thinks, sounds and acts like Woolf. Vita Sackville-West, Vanessa and Clive Bell and Lytton Strachey appear as part of the gang as well.

Of course, it’s only natural that Alice would hone in on this sighting. As the author of Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction, No. 58 in Cecil Woolf’s Bloomsbury Heritage Series, she keeps her eyes peeled for just this type of thing.

Thanks for the alert, Alice!

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It’s the end of the year, so we have lots of Woolf sightings connecting her to the literature of 2011. That is to be expected.

But this week we also have a quirky one linking her to a pop song about swimming/suicide in Malibu. That one is a stretch for anyone who knows Woolf. And there are legitimate mentions of a recent acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Man Ray papers, ephemera, and portraits of Woolf.

See number 10 for the Malibu connection and numbers 37 and 38 for the Man Ray news.

  1. The dark heart of Dickens: How writer was an abusive husband who seduced a Daily Mail
    To Leslie Stephen, the father of the novelist Virginia Woolf, he could be counted a success only if you defined the term as being admired by hordes of ‘half-educated’ people. No, there are flaws in his novels. They were written episodically, 
  2. David Milch will tackle William Faulkner’s works for HBOLos Angeles Times
    (Could an adaptation vivify the work, Hobson wonders, the way “The Hours” — filtered through a Michael Cunningham novel — did a Virginia Woolf novel?) Some writers have wish lists: Salman Rushdie told Slate he was hoping for a new “Sanctuary” and…
  3. Our history – Part 2Standard Speaker
    Many authors have written about their recollections: Updike, Kerouac, Annie Dillard, Bellow and Virginia Woolf to name a few. In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck reminisces about his hometown, Salinas, California, wondering what’s happened to his …
  4. Economic Independence: Bedrock of FreedomThe Moral Liberal
    In 1929 the English writer Virginia Woolf inserted a famous phrase into feminist history: “a room of one’s own.” The main theme of her extended essay by this name is that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” or, 
  5. A Year in Reading: Buzz PooleThe Millions
    This year, in terms of paying homage to the canon, I finally got around to reading some Virginia Woolf. I know, I know, late to the party on this one, but at least I made it. The careening interior monologues of Mrs. Dalloway serve as a prescient …
  6. The publishing year: editors’ wishes and missesThe Guardian
    After splitting up with her boyfriend and her job, and with Virginia Woolf as her presiding spirit, Laing walks the 42 miles of the river Ouse in Sussex (where Woolf drowned herself in 1941). A reflection on nature and solitude that twists and turns 
  7. Has ‘free wi-fi’ sucked the life out of coffeehouses?Sacramento Bee (blog)
    Hemingway, Pound, Virginia Woolf, Fitzgerald. Even a bearded William Faulkner hit up Paris for a time. (A great book about this era, by the way, is by Morley Callaghan called “That Summer in Paris.”) Before the current wave – or third wave – of …
  8. Articles in creative writingSeven Days
    Later, after convincing Darla to wait for us in the pickup, Connors pulled out some black-and-white pictures of the actual Virginia Woolf. “I pulled these off the internet and printed them out. Are you online?” I glared at him. 
  9. Kate Winslet finds delight in CarnageThe Province
    … self-righteousness that is one of the hallmarks of upscale Brooklyn neighborhoods, the film chronicles in real time the couples’ downward spiral as polite overtures give way to Scotch-and-cobbler-fueled invective — a sort of “Virginia Woolf lite. …
  10. The Music Club, 2011, Slate Magazine
    But I’m mesmerized by the contrasts between the lilting melody, the propulsive rhythm, and the suicidal tendencies of “Swim Good,” with its

    Video of "Swim Good" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmN9rZW0HGo

    Virginia Woolf-in-Malibu scenario. No wonder Ocean got tapped for Watch the Throne—Ye and Jay understand,…

  11. How Economic Freedom Saved Wendy McElroyMen’s News Daily
    (The “room of one’s own” remark is a reference to the book by Virginia Woolf.): I once needed a room of my own. And I know on a personal level how laws can harm those they intend to protect. I ran away from home at 16 years old because the streets were …
  12. Holiday gift pick: ‘Pilgrimage’ by Annie LeibovitzphillyBurbs.com (blog)
    She photographed Virginia Woolf’s writing table, Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, and Freud’s final couch. The photographs are mesmerizing and give viewers an intimate glance into the spaces of important historical figures. …
  13. Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage, Hamiltons Gallery – reviewEvening Standard
    With no agenda and no commissions, she headed for the people, places and associated objects which inspired and shaped her life and tastes – from Elvis to Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin to Virginia Woolf. The exhibition’s 28 small, carefully printed …
  14. Photographer Annie Leibovitz gets more personal with ‘Pilgrimage’Las Vegas Review-Journal (blog)
    Leibovitz made trips to the homes of her favorite authors, including Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Louisa May Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau. She photographed a beautiful white dress of Dickinson’s, highlighting the details in what at first seems to be …
  15. Annie Leibovitz and Tina Brown on Pilgrimage, Photography and Vanity FairDaily Beast
    I never would have been drawn to [VirginiaWoolf if not for her.” Pilgrimage is a glimpse into what fascinates the legendary photographer. The collection reveals as much about process—“This is like a note-taking of my other work,” she said, 
  16. Writers at Work, Seeking a SparkWall Street Journal
    In “Dancing With Mrs. Dalloway”—the title refers to Virginia Woolf’s novel and people who inspired some of the characters—some of the literary back-stories presented are familiar; others, less so. Most readers will be aware that “Alice’s Adventures 
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Twilight, and the Return of Women’s …Huffington Post
    … lives and their complex characters figured in the birth of the modern novel, from Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. …
  18. Martin Robinson: So you want to be a millionaire?New Zealand Herald
    Virginia Woolf could only afford to become a full-time writer after she inherited money from her aunt, who was killed in a horse riding accident in India. Relatives can also drag you down, so be careful about lending them money. 6. No luck in NZ? …
  19. Book World: Heller McAlpin reviews Alexandra Harris’s “Virginia Woolf”Washington Post
    As Alexandra Harris aptly notes in her appealing, smartly written overview of the life, work and legacy of Virginia Woolf, “The telescope as well as the microscope has its role.” Harris, a young, Oxford-educated cultural historian who made a name for …
  20. Why is incest all over prime time?, Salon
    Mary Jean Corbett, author of “Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest From Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf,” writes in an email, “Incest tropes always test the bounds of what’s ‘natural,’ and in a time where there’s a fairly strong effort to ..
  21. Wanna Be Famous? Science Says Get There By Age 30Forbes
    For instance, the 1882 cohort includes Virginia Woolf and Felix Frankfurter; the 1946 one includes Steven Spielberg and Bill Clinton. In every year, there is a similar trend, with half of the famous people getting that way by relatively young age, …
  22. Winter reads: The Snow Goose by Paul GallicoThe Guardian
    Only 15 years separate this novella from that other slim novel set in the searching beam of a lighthous, but Gallico makes no attempts at Virginia Woolf’s interiority: “She paused, and again Rhayader must have thought of the wild water birds caught …
  23. Primakov in Concert, Vol. 2 = MENDELSSOHN, BACH, GLASS & DEBUSSY – BridgeAudiophile Audition
    The story investigates the effect of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway influencing various characters’ tendency to self-destruction. Repetitive and haunted, the suite captures the opening suicide-note scene, rife with melancholy and doom. 
  24. American playwright uses Russian language to say what can’t be said, Russia Beyond The Headlines
    In 1999, Metzler spent a year at Oxford University, where she had the opportunity to study two women writers for an entire academic year—Akhmatova and Virginia Woolf. “I love Akhmatova, her poems are so economic and precise. She bore witness to horror …
  25. Interview: Lucy Wood, author of Diving BellesThe List
    I wish Virginia Woolf had lived longer, so that she might have been able to write more books. What one thing would you change about the publishing world? I don’t really have enough experience of the publishing world to be able to suggest any changes. …
  26. Eonomic Independence: Bedrock of FreedomThe Moral Liberal
    In 1929 the English writer Virginia Woolf inserted a famous phrase into feminist history: “a room of one’s own.” The main theme of her extended essay by this name is that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” or, …
  27. A Year in Reading: Buzz PooleThe Millions
    This year, in terms of paying homage to the canon, I finally got around to reading some Virginia Woolf. I know, I know, late to the party on this one, but at least I made it. The careening interior monologues of Mrs. Dalloway serve as a prescient 
  28. The publishing year: editors’ wishes and missesThe Guardian
    After splitting up with her boyfriend and her job, and with Virginia Woolf as her presiding spirit, Laing walks the 42 miles of the river Ouse in Sussex (where Woolf drowned herself in 1941). A reflection on nature and solitude that twists and turns …
  29. Freaks, Poets Compete in Paris Shows of Arbus, Freund: ReviewBusinessWeek
    The sitters include Andre Gide, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Malraux, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. To give you an idea of the literary world in the 1930s the organizers have reproduced the facades of the bookshops where Freund 
  30. A Year in Reading: Garth Risk HallbergThe Millions
    You won’t catch me saying this often, but I think Virginia Woolf and VS Pritchett missed the boat on this one. Galsworthy’s style — his “port-wine irony,” as Pritchett puts it — looks pretty tasty a hundred years later, when the cultural palate tends …
  31. Picking the best books of the past yearAustin American-Statesman
    The novella is making a comeback, and the festival suggests Melville House’s series “The Art of the Novella,” focusing on obscure works by writers such as Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and others. Check out the full list at …
  32. Life is filled with holesTelegraph-Journal (registration)
    But it is also akin to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. The resonances are many and personal. They are also deliciously surprising and rewarding. s Michael W. Higgins is vice-president for mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University, 
  33. Music Weekly podcast: Best albums of 2011The Guardian (blog)
    Kitty goes on to say that her image is “incredible” and that she does the “Virginia Woolf thing so well”. I wonder what the Virginia Woolf Thing might be. Let’s not even get started on how on earth, does Virginia Woolf have to do with (any)thing. …
  34. The Exploding Boy and Other Tiny Tales by Nick Parker – reviewThe Guardian
    Self-publishing and DIY authors include, famously, William Blake, Lord Byron, Proust, Shelley, Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf. But the world of self-publishing is mostly inhabited by cranks and hucksters (though Blake, …
  35. Christopher Hitchens and a lifetime of languageWashington Post (blog)
    He had a profound knowledge of English literature, from AAMilne to Virginia Woolf. At the same time he had a profound experience of the world – he had been to Macedonia himself, several times – as well as a sense of humor so dry you could hear it crack 
  36. Standouts in a Solo SettingNew York Times
    She radiated honesty and emotion in songs by Porpora, Mahler, Ravel and — fabulously — Dominick Argento (his cycle “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf”). IAN BOSTRIDGE At Carnegie last month this English tenor paced, grimaced, growled and soared …
  37. Photographs and ephemera enhance the Getty’s unparalleled collections on Man RayArt Daily
    The agendas are joined by 51 vintage and modern photographic prints by Man Ray, dating from the 1920s to the 1970s, of prominent people including TS Eliot, James Joyce, Elsa Schiaparelli,Virginia Woolf, Paul Eluard, and Marcel Duchamp on his death bed …
  38. Sculpture as Portrait at the MetropolitanNew York Times
    Also included are 51 Man Ray photographs of prominent writers and artists like TS Eliot, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. The acquisition also includes several objects Man Ray created, like a cigar box transformed into a New Year’s greeting card, …
  39. Domestic labourThe Economist
    The life of Virginia Woolf, from 1882 to 1941, bracketed the period of the Servant Problem. Her mother, Julia, had married in 1867 and set up home with cook, kitchenmaids, housemaid, parlourmaid, lady’s maid, nurse, nursemaid and gardener. ..
  40. Bloomberg New Contemporaries Find Its Legs At ICAArtLyst
    As Virginia Woolf claimed of books, perhaps so with works of art; ‘If they need shoring up by a preface here, an introduction there, they have no more right to exist than a table that needs a wad of paper under one leg in order to stand steady. …
  41. Sally’s keys to success, Sydney Star Observer
    Whitwell said the “lovely lesbians” from The Hunger will also feature on the album, as well as some Virginia Woolf in the form of Philip Glass’ soundtrack from The Hours. “I’m doing more Philip Glass because I couldn’t help myself. …
  42. Books: Review – Now All Roads Lead to France by Matthew HollisIslington Tribune newspaper website
    We must be grateful that he has left us his powerful verse. • Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson is a lecturer at London University and biographer of Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Virginia Woolf. Edward Thomas.
  43. Canucks respond to lazy Bolland insults with equally lazy insultsYahoo! Sports (blog)
    Did you know Virginia Woolf once called Ulysses “the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples”? I assure you nothing I’m about to report can touch that. Let’s start on the gentle end, as Mike Gillis had his say during an interview on …
  44. Nicole Kidman Hangs with Herald Reporter in Starbucks, No Big DealBoston Herald
    I don’t know what they’re doing back in Boston. They had previously been here so Keith could have surgery on his throat at MGH, so I’m thinking maybe they returned for a checkup. Either way, Nicole KIDMAN! aka Virginia Woolf in The Hours! …
  45. Magic Mountain view … Davos in Switzerland, where the sanatorium that The Guardian
    This is a novel mystifyingly overlooked by Virginia Woolf in her 1926 essay On Being Ill, in which she bemoans literature’s failure to make illness one of its “prime themes” alongside “love and battle and jealousy.” Well, here illness is decidedly …
  46. Cuba’s Vanito Brown and His ‘Havana in Full Color’, Havana Times
    It makes one think of that excellent novel by Virginia Woolf (The Waves), in which its characters are ruled by something (super) natural that they themselves defined as “waves.” Later Vanito croons the most beautiful and representative phrase of the …
  47. Real People, Made-Up StoriesWall Street Journal (blog)
    Michael Cunningham’s ‘reanimation’ of Virginia Woolf in his book “The Hours,” was the focus of some criticism. There are two conflicting schools of thought about novelists using real people as characters; I agree with both of them. On the one hand,…
  48. Jane Smiley: Writers Need Community More Than They Need SolitudeSF Weekly (blog)
    She talked with us about enjoying the process, how living in Iowa supported her writing, and Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf’s community. In the book, you talk about how important community is for writers. Is the idea of a writer needing solitude still …
  49. A Year in Reading: Mona SimpsonThe Millions
    George Eliot and Virginia Woolf preferred it to Jane Eyre, while Thackeray couldn’t quite forgive Bronte for besetting her heroine two suitors to contend with, the first of whom does not love her, the second of whom is crabby. Once we accept the crabby …

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While doing research on Mrs. Dalloway a few years ago, one of the aspects of the novel I became interested in was the role of time construction in the narrative.

As we know, Mrs. Dalloway takes place in a few different times and places. However, a more curious question became how many hours, from Clarissa going to buy the flowers by herself, to the end of the narrative, “for there she was,” does the novel take place in?

Mrs. Dalloway can be broken down into three sections: the beginning, when Clarissa goes out to buy flowers at ten; the ending, her “rebirth” after a long, nearly fatal, illness, followed by the central part of the novel, including flashbacks and the preparation for the dinner party in the evening; finally, the third section of the novel, the 30 “dead,” years in between.

Anna Benjamin’s 1965 essay “Towards An Understanding Of The Meaning Of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway includes a chart detailing the times in which corresponding events take place in the text, according to textual evidence. While Benjamin admits the beginning and ending times for the novel “are not preciously stated” she, using textual evidence, concludes that the novel begins at ten in the morning and ends approximately around midnight.

At the time in which Benjamin is writing there is some contention as to how long the novel takes. Melvin Friedman argues for ten to ten. Dean Doner argues rather unreasonably for 17 hours, from ten to three in the morning. Molly Hoff has also written about this in more contemporary times. Nowhere in my research did I find a more conclusive chart than Benjamin’s:

10 a.m.

“First a warning, musical; then the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.

11 a.m.

Peter calls on Clarissa a little after eleven.

11:30 a.m.

“…struck out between them with extrordinary vigour, as if a young man, strong, indifferent, inconsiderate, were swinging dumb-bells this way and that.”

11:32 a.m.

“like a hostess who comes in her drawing room…”

11:45 a.m.

“…the quarter struck-the quarter to twelve…”


“…whose stroke was wafted over the nothern part of London; blent with that of other clocks, mixed in a thin…etheral way with the clouds and wisps of smoke…twelve o’clock struck as Clarissa….laid her green dress…

1:30 p.m.

…a sense of proportion, until the mound of time was so far diminished that a commericial clock…announced genially…

1:30-2 p.m.

Lunchtime in Mayfair.

3 p.m.

…for with overpowering directness and dignity the clock struck three…

3:30 p.m.

…that solemn stroke which lay flat like a bar of gold on the sea…

3:32 p.m.

“…came shuffling in with its lap full of odds and ends, which it dumped down as if Big Ben were all very well with his majesty…”

6 p.m.

Mrs. Dalloway’s letter reaches Peter.

8 p.m.

Peter sees young people heading to the pictures.

8 p.m.

Dinner is also over at the Dalloways. The first guests arrive for the party.


“…with the clock striking the hour…one, two, three…There!”

This chart makes the most sense to me. I have found it quite useful for both my own research on the novel and for discussion and understanding the text in general. I wonder if there is a more useful, or recent, chart out there amongst Woolf scholars?

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The past week offers a miscellany of Woolf sightings, from Woolf-style instructions for preparing Clafoutis Grandmère (#18) to her epitaph (#4) to a paean to beautiful books, including those published by the Hogarth Press (#27).

  1. And For My Next Midlife Crisis: It’s A Shame About RayHuffington Post UK
    The eponymous Ray receives only a cameo role on the title track, enigmatic like Virginia Woolf in an Edward Albee play. But Ray is no concept album, not like Tommy or The Wall. Shades maybe of The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society in its 
  2. Conrad Black: Granting poetic license to Canada’s favourite libertarianNational Post (blog)
    Virginia Woolf would be an example of the first; Jano Heltai is an example of the second.” From The book of Jonas (the Old Testament prophet, no relation to the author): “Those who stand mute are accomplices to evil.” So they are. ..
  3. Top 10 Hottest Classes for Next SemesterYale Daily News
    You can take “Virginia Woolf” next year. 4) Great Hoaxes and Fantasies in Archaeology (ANTH 172/ARCG 172, So): How do famous myths about alien encounters, El Dorado or the lost city of Atlantis come about, and how are they used to support nationalism 
  4. What would your epitaph be?The State Journal-Register
    Author Virginia Woolf: “Against you I will fling myself unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!” Inventor George Washington Carver: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world. ..
  5. Marilyn Monroe and Margaret Thatcher: the iron ladiesThe Guardian
    At least since Nicole Kidman’s nose won an Oscar for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours, famous actors have been applauded for pretending to be other famous people: Helen Mirren as the Queen, Michael Sheen as David Frost, Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, …
  6. The money shotLivemint
     a quote from Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Virginia Woolf, things Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges said, an Australian rock band called the Divinyls, Indian mythology and French postmodern semioticians, 
  7. Photographers take us underwater or across the yearsMontreal Gazette
    The book includes outdoor scenes, like the hill country of New Mexico, where painter Georgia O’Keeffe found inspiration, and the River Ouse, where writer Virginia Woolf drowned. But there is an even stronger emphasis on interior views and close-ups of …
  8. First Pfeiffer Now Kidman: Zac Efron is a Cougar Magnet, International Business Times AU
    Among numerous roles, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying Virginia Woolfin the 2003 drama, “The Hours.” Whether with his career or with the ladies, Zac Efron is definitely lucky.
  9. This Thing Called LifeAbout – News & Issues
    In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the heroine spends her day preparing for a party. She collects flowers, prepares her clothing, and makes all the arrangements; but she also recollects her past 
  10. Old Book, New Author: Mary Rose Donnelly on To The LighthouseNational Post
    Virginia Woolf is the master of brain rattle — all the fidgets, meanderings and distractions of a character’s mind — that ultimately shines light onto motivation, both understood and misunderstood. To The Lighthouse, published in 1927, …
  11. Woolf who turned his back on the pack – IIIThe Island.lk (subscription)
    Had Virginia Woolf been alive then, she would have been hard put to it to explain the warm respectful reception that Leonard Woolf was accorded by the Ceylonese ‘natives’. Leonard Sydney Woolf who thus turned his back on the imperialists after briefly 
  12. The readers’ room: what you thought of G2 this weekThe Guardian
    Virginia Woolf would, we hope, be proud. We were inspired to count by Kira Cochrane’s cover story in Monday’s G2, in which she questioned why British public life is so conspicuously male-dominated. For four weeks, she counted the bylines of male and …
  13. Are you there Richard Simmons?knox.VillageSoup.com (blog) (subscription)
    I looked at myself in the light of the kitchen and cringed at the realization my layered workout apparel left me resembling Virginia Woolf with a Bally’s membership. The doubting voice hissed: “Don’t go. Only people who wear coordinating spandex …
  14. The Edwardian Ball 2012 Presents Edward Gorey’s “The Iron Tonic” At San San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
    He produced illustrations for books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, HG Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well-known animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series have …
  15. Delta DiningDelta Business Journal
    Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” If that’s her stance, then Mrs. Woolf must have been a frequent visitor to the many legendary eating establishments around the Mississippi Delta. 
  16. Poetry in devotionVancouver Sun
    But virtually everybody would know Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Between that and Virginia Woolf, I’d rather be James Hilton. Mind you, I don’t like Virginia Woolf.” ? The Jonas Variations by George Jonas is published by Cormorant Books ($24).
  17. Silence Is GoldenNew York Times
    There will be fewer and fewer of what Virginia Woolf called “moments of being,” intense sensations that stand apart from the “cotton wool of daily life.” “In the future, not getting any imagery or story line or content is going to be the equivalent of …
  18. Mark Crick’s The Household Tips of Great WritersLA Weekly (blog)
    The Guardian recently excerpted three choice recipes from his book, The Household Tips of Great Writers, which includes Crick-as-Virginia Woolf interior monologuing her way through a Clafoutis Grandmère. ​For those who love Woolf, you’ll appreciate …
  19. Walking Fitzrovia – try itFitzrovia News
    This might have needed Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw to have lived in the same building in Fitzroy Square at the same time rather than at different ones or for Augustus John and Dylan Thomas to have a different sort of relationship. …
  20. You Say You Want a Devolution?Vanity Fair
    When high-end literature was being redefined by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, great novels from just 20 years earlier—Henry James’s The Ambassadors, Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth—seemed like relics of …
  21. On track lists and heroinesLimelight Magazine (blog)
    Virginia Woolf, as portrayed in The Hours, and her struggle in a society that didn’t understand her depression. Gelsomina, from Federico Fellini’s La Strada, and her inspiring strength in enduring abuse in a toxic relationship. These characters are all …
  22. Tilda Swinton as Orlando in Sally Potter’s 1992 film versionThe Guardian

    The Hogarth Press

    As Virginia Woolf describes it in Orlando, “The Great Frost” of 1608/09 was so severe that “birds froze in mid air and fell like stones to the ground”. Other strange events occurred: “At Norwich a young countrywoman started to cross the road in her…

  23. Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada Launches With THE BIG SMOKEBroadway World
    Inspired by the lives of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, this poetic waltz with death opens February 22, 2012 and runs to March 4 at Factory Studio Theatre, with a preview on February 21. The Big Smoke won an Argus Angel Award at the 2011 …
  24. Revealed at last… the Bennett tales that time forgotStoke & Staffordshire
    The 80-year-old, from Trentham, said: “He didn’t go to university, and Virginia Woolf dismissed him as ‘provincial’. “But he was friends with HG Wells and he received a huge reception when he went to America.”
  25. Bio chemistryColumbus Dispatch
    In the past 10 years, six actresses have won the top prize for playing real people: Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours; Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in The Monster; Reese Wither-spoon as June Carter in Walk the Line; …
  26. Interview: Nicole Farhi, fashion designerScotsman (blog)
    If Virginia Woolf were alive today, mused one fashion critic, she would wear Nicole Farhi. Though they remain firm friends, she is no longer with Marks (“It was great until it was not,”) and has been married to the British playwright David Hare for 19 …
  27. Cover story: a year of beautiful books, The Guardian
    Even Leonard and Virginia Woolf caught the bug when they bought a press in 1917 and set up shop from a spare room in their Richmond home. Their aim was twofold: to give Virginia a way of calming her jittery nerves (there was nothing so soothing, ...
  28. Poetry in devotion: George Jonas comes full circle with the release of his new National Post (blog)
    “How many people would know James Hilton, for instance? But virtually everybody would know Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Between that and Virginia Woolf, I’d rather be James Hilton. Mind you, I don’t like Virginia Woolf.”
  29. Read It Again, SamNew York Times
    Many authors also return regularly to Virginia Woolf. The novelist and critic Dale Peck tries to read “The Waves” every year. “It affects me like spiritual instruction,” he said. “I always feel like a better person after I put it down. 
  30. Tis a film within a play about a play made into a filmIrish Times
    He cites numerous examples, including Katie Mitchell’s use of video mixing in her version of The Waves, by Virginia Woolf, and Desperate Optimists, whose interpretation of John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World used video as a means …
  31. History, reframedLivemint
    London of the 1930s and 1940s was an exciting place with a rich group of intellectuals, like the elite Bloomsbury group consisting of literary giants Virginia Woolf and EM Forster. But the group wasn’t—as is popularly believed—entirely British. ..
  32. Student Writers, Performers Debut “The Mystique”Washington College Elm
    “The Mystique” ended up featuring works from over 15 different writers, including Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, and Edgar Allen Poe. The cast handpicked everything from the scenes and order in which they fell to the costumes,…


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